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I'm looking for a graphical file manager fro OS X, for console Midnight Commander is ok.

I need two panels, function keys operations and preferably FTP and SCP support.

Also, it would be great to be free.

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Panels in Forklift2 act like Finder windows, so to go deeper in a directory, you'd have to do cmd+Enter – Martín Marconcini Mar 29 '11 at 12:07
@Martin Thanks, it looks that Apple considered that is more likely to rename a directory than browsing inside the directory :p – sorin Mar 29 '11 at 12:45
@Sorin Apple had a reason to do it that way, and although users coming from other platforms may find it strange, old time Apple users don't find that a problem at all. For more information about it, check: – Martín Marconcini Mar 29 '11 at 13:44
You can change keyboard shortcuts via Preferences window in Forklift. You can even select TotalCommander shortcuts if you're familiar with those. ForkLift2 is definitely the file manager of my choice. – Michal M Jun 8 '11 at 14:51
This is not a duplicate, because this is specifically about orthodox file managers. Dual pane and classic OFM shortcuts. – neoneye Jun 9 '11 at 21:28

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muCommander (free)

muCommander has classic orthodox file manager keybindings. Sadly MC is not very mac'ish and lacks multiple tabs.

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CRAX Commander

This is a graphical, dual-panel file manager with support for operations (copy, move, delete). This software has built-in support for SSH and FTP. This is not free software but you can download a demo version from the program site.

CRAX Screenshot

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Thanks for the answers on this. Be sure to read the promotion section on Help Center if you recommend the same software several times. – patrix Oct 6 '13 at 20:56
Crax is great. I've tried them all, and finally set my self with the Crax. I was power total commander user; and although Crax still doesnt have all the TC features, it is the most complete one. Also, the developer is very responsive. – ɹoƃı May 14 '14 at 7:38
I used to use Total Commander and this is the closest Mac OS X alternative I could find. – Artem Nov 6 '14 at 3:54

Path Finder

Although not free, I have been using Path Finder for years and love it dearly. Two features I like the most from this applications are:

  1. I can have two side-by-side panels, what you are looking for. Not only that, each panel can have multiple tabs.
  2. I can go into a directory by hitting the return key, cmd+O still works.
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PathFinder isn't generally considered to be an Orthodox File Manager, though as it is missing several defining features. For one, it's missing the ability to copy files from one panel to another with the press of a single button. – David Jun 8 '11 at 15:29
What is an "Orthodox" file manager? I am not mocking, I just don't know what it is. – Hai Vu Jun 8 '11 at 16:03
See this. – David Jun 8 '11 at 16:13
PathFinder has many nice features, but really bad keyboard shortcuts, e.g. TAB key is not working. – neoneye Jun 8 '11 at 21:50
@neoneye you can't even configure it, the keyboard shortcuts editor does not work. – sorin Jun 9 '11 at 10:17

Mover (free)

  • open/run files and apps
  • batch copy/move/delete, file/folder creation
  • Operations queue
  • search files (with wildcards and regex)
  • show/hide hidden files
  • keyboard shortcut mapping
  • move to Trash
  • customizable UI
  • listening to file system events


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This is awesome - almost exactly what I wanted. Thank you! – Alex Kaushovik Dec 16 '13 at 19:14


I use

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-1 because TotalFinder doesn't have the requested SCP and FTP support. – scottishwildcat Jun 10 '11 at 12:50

Since nobody added it as an answer I thought I may.

ForkLift (23,99 € / $29.99 / £20.99)

Definitely a winner for me. Features list on its website: but it pretty much has anything you'd want from an orthodox file manager and it does look nice too :)

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Moroshka File Manager (free)

Today I discovered another commander, the Moroshka File Manager. It has multiple tabs. Looks great. In particular the footer of the main-window is neat.

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Xmander (free)

Xmander is a simple dual panel file manager with a hex file viewer. You can browse through all your system's files, including the hidden and perform the basic file operations like move, copy, trash or create directory.

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Disk Order ($25)

Surprised I haven't seen it mentioned, Disk Order has been around since 2003. My personal choice, can do (S)FTP and all the operation expected from a dual pane file manager in a keyboard friendly way – unlike some of the Finder spin-offs.

Not free though and lately updates haven't been happening that often.

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Supports all file operations. Fast, stable, small, lightweight.

Can be freely downloaded and used - no restrictions, just nag screen.

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Newton Commander (free + open source)

  • Each tab runs in its own process.
  • A tab can run as a different user, eg. root.
  • No beachballs since it's only the child process that is hanging and not the UI.
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It is headed the right direction. Yet it is still not mature enough. – Drazick Apr 11 '15 at 12:29

Cloud Commander is orthodox web file manager for Mac OS, Windows and Linux.

Cloud Commander

  • Open Source (MIT)
  • Has Web UI
  • Has build in editor with syntax highlighting.
  • Has build in console.
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Double Commander (LGPLv2)

Double Commander is inspired by Total Commander, and is a cross-platform application that works well on OSX (I'm running on Yosemite, 10.10.5, Early 2015 Macbook).

Double Commander screenshot

It is highly configurable (in the screenshot, compared with "out of the box", I have configured the free-space display, enabled the left-sidebar tree view, added zebra-stripes, and used Linux Bionlinum as the display font). A partial feature list from the website:

  • Unicode support
  • Tabbed interface
  • Multi-rename tool
  • Custom columns
  • Built in file viewer (F3) to view files of in hex, binary or text format
  • Internal text editor (F4) with syntax hightlighting
  • Archives are handled like subdirectories. You can easily copy files to and from archives. Supported archive types: ZIP, TAR GZ, TGZ, LZMA and also BZ2, RPM, CPIO, DEB, RAR.
  • All operations working in background
  • Extended search function with full text search in any files
  • Configurable button bar to start external programs or internal menu commands
  • Total Commander WCX, WDX and WLX plug-ins support
  • + supports FTP/Network operations

It has recently (as of this posting) reached 0.7 and was noted on Webupd8 where a bit of a review plus more description can be found.

For those Mac users who like their apps "pretty", this interface will probably leave something to be desired. For those accustomed to using "commander"-like file managers on Windows or Linux, but now are on Macs ... it is a treat!

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XCommander ($4.99)

I have recently noticed XCommander in the Mac App Store. It has classic NortonCommander keybindings, so it's already more usable than PathFinder and Transmit.

Sadly it has a long way to go to reach TotalCommander standards. No multiple tabs, no quicklook.

What I like though is that it's new and it gets the keybindings right from the start. This is promising.

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